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Book details
  • Genre:TRUE CRIME
  • SubGenre:Murder / Serial Killers
  • Language:English
  • Pages:336
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098367305


Based on a true story

by Stan Wald View author's profile page

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Based on true events, Time to Die delves into the mind of a cunning psychopath while following the lighthearted escapades of two boys on a collision course with a bloodthirsty killer and their fight for survival.


Growing up on the poor side of glitzy Hollywood, Loren Neestrom has developed into a handsome young man worthy of a big-screen idol. But beneath his good looks lies another side; too dark even for Hollywood.

Raised by a deranged mother, he is torn between their incestuous relationship and the drive to realize his secret desire ... a diabolical plot to kidnap and kill two boys.

Steve Bell and his nerdy sidekick, Rick Shoeman, are carefree kids coming-of-age. Their lives during the summer of 1961 revolve around body surfing at Santa Monica Beach, chasing girls, and playing cards. Too macho to ride bikes, they hitchhike everywhere they need to go.

Thumbing a ride home the night of September 16, the boys get caught in an unexpected downpour. With few cars on the flooded roads, they're grateful when a man pulls over to give them a lift. Behind the wheel, Loren Neestrom.

About the author

Writer, voice-over personality, producer of documentaries and television commercials.

Time To Die is a true crime book revealing my own experience when I was kidnapped as a young lad. Although the names of some locations and characters have been altered, the heinous crime is told through my eyes as a coming-of-age fifteen-year-old fighting for survival, and through the dysfunctional mind of a psychopath guided by his mayhem-seeking alter egos.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The Epilogue in Time To Die is partly fictional, created to provide a conclusion, tethering the past to current day.

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